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Overclocking On Air: 10 LGA 1156-Compatible Performance Coolers

Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme

While our experience with the Tuniq brand is extremely limited, a quick look at the design elements of Tuniq's $60 Tower 120 Extreme back up its claims of design innovation.

To begin with, the Tower 120 Extreme is the first cooler in today’s comparison that uses fully-enclosed sides, something that’s critical in a pull fan arrangement, but still helpful with push fans. The Tower 120 Extreme is both, since its fan is located internally between two sink halves. By placing it in the center, Tuniq protects the LED fan from damage while creating a unique look as light escapes from between and under the sink’s fins.

A built-on bracket supports both AMD and Intel processors, including Socket 939, AM2, AM2+, and AM3 and LGA 775, 1156, and 1366. AMD adapter brackets and an Intel LGA support plate complete the installation kit.

Tuniq is one of several manufacturers to use direct-touch heat pipes to reduce latent heat and cooler weight. A finely sanded finish maintains excellent flatness for improved CPU contact, although grooves along each heat pipe’s edge slightly reduce the contact area.

LGA 1156 and 1366 installation begins by installing screws and nuts onto the support plate to create threaded studs that slip through the motherboard’s mounting holes. Spring-loaded nuts then secure the cooler against the CPU. The support plate must be added to the motherboard prior to fitting the motherboard inside cases, although the cooler itself can be installed and removed from inside any case that’s large enough to allow access to the cooler’s hold-down nuts.

  • kumaiti
    Not a single top down cooler?? That is disappointing, though I can already see the excuse: "they don't have as much performance as the tower coolers".
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  • mrgrey
    Argh - unbelievable! I literally just purchased my build on newegg, and they just posted this article. I bought the Arctic Cooling 7 over the Hyper 212+, not having seen the article yet.

    Hey Tom's - what temps are you getting at 3.2 GHz with the Arctic Cooling 7? Did you use arctic silver 5?
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  • barmaley
    Test settings page reads: CPU Intel Core i7-860, but CPU-Z screen shot under it reads Intel Core i7-870. Which one is it that you tested Tom?
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  • Is there an article testing thermal compounds?
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  • nzprogamer
    mrgreyArgh - unbelievable! I literally just purchased my build on newegg, and they just posted this article. I bought the Arctic Cooling 7 over the Hyper 212+, not having seen the article yet. Hey Tom's - what temps are you getting at 3.2 GHz with the Arctic Cooling 7? Did you use arctic silver 5?
    no worries there you will be fine
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  • nzprogamer
    i had the 212 and sunbermtech both were running really good and cool. but i would buy the sunbeamtech with the easy exchange fan kit.
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  • arkadi
    I just love to read toms old school articles like this one :)
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  • falchard
    What no Coolermaster V10 or Thermaltake SpinQ Vertical?
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  • Crashman
    kumaitiNot a single top down cooler?? That is disappointing, though I can already see the excuse: "they don't have as much performance as the tower coolers".falchardWhat no Coolermaster V10 or Thermaltake SpinQ Vertical?You would have to ask the manufacturers, since they picked the coolers.
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  • micky_lund
    prolimatech megahalems
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